Vinod Khosla, Indian-American technology guru and entrepreneur, has pledged US$10 million towards providing oxygen supplies to India amid the worsening second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Taking to Twitter on May 2, Khosla, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, said: “The Khosla Family is adding $10 million to @GiveIndia to its previous commitment as a match and hoping others will join in this urgent need.
“There is large and very urgent needs and a day’s delay costs lives. One day at one hospital without oxygen had eight people die gasping for breath.”
last month, Khosla had announced that he was “willing to fund hospitals in India that need funding to import bulk planeloads of oxygen or supplies into India to increase supply. Public hospitals/NGO’s also pls reach out”.
The businessman’s Sunday announcement came amid oxygen shortages across India, particularly in the national capital.
For nearly two weeks in a row, India has reported over 3 lakh new Covid-19 cases, while more than 3,000 casualties have been registered for the past five days.